1. Perceptions of pregnancy and childbirth
1a. Perception of risk Awareness of risks associated with childbirth, influence of previous birth experiences on future delivery choices, and influence of Antenatal Care (ANC) on delivery choice.
1b. Medicalization of Childbirth Perception that birth is a natural event, lack of supportive attendance at facility deliveries, fear of cutting
1c. Logistics of home birth Perception that home deliveries are logistically easier than facility deliveries
2. Influence of sociocultural context and care experiences
2a Influence of others on birthing decisions Involvement of husbands, partners, family members, and friends on delivery location decisions
2b. Intersection of traditionalism and modernity Influence of tradition and culture on delivery decisions, delays/difficulty in transition from unskilled to skilled care, cooperation between traditional and biomedical health systems
2c. Plan for childbirth Plans or lack of plans that a woman or her family make for her delivery
3. Resource availability and access
3a. Cost Direct and indirect costs associated with facility birth
3b. Transportation/access Perception of the distance and time to a health facility and implications of available transportation options.
4. Perceptions of quality of care
4a. Abuse or disrespect from health facility staff Verbal, or even physical, abuse from staff in the health facility or disrespect, including failure to preserve respect and dignity
4b. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Fear of HIV testing, disclosure, and discrimination
4c. Policies Health policies that may influence the decision to deliver in a facility or at home